The Friday Night Knitting Club

The Friday Night Knitting Club Once A Week, An Eclectic Group Of Women Comes Together At A New York City Yarn Shop To Work On Their Latest Projects And Share The Stories Of Their LivesAt The Center Of Walker And Daughter Is The Shop S Owner, Georgia, Who Is Overwhelmed With Juggling The Store And Single Handedly Raising Her Teenage Daughter Happy To Escape The Demands Of Her Life, She Looks Forward To Her Friday Night Knitting Club, Where She And Her Friends Anita, Peri, Darwin, Lucie, And KC Exchange Knitting Tips, Jokes, And Their Deepest Secrets But When The Man Who Once Broke Georgia S Heart Suddenly Shows Up, Demanding A Role In Their Daughter S Life, Her World Is ShatteredLuckily, Georgia S Friends Are There For Encouragement, Sharing Their Own Tales Of Intimacy, Heartbreak, And Miracle Making And When The Unthinkable Happens, These Women Will Discover That What They Ve Created Isn T Just A Knitting Club Its A Sisterhood

Kate Jacobs is the New York Times bestselling author of Comfort Food, Knit Two, and The Friday Night Knitting Club, which has over 1 million copies in print.Kate grew up near Vancouver, British Columbia, in the scenic and delightfully named town of Hope pop 6,184 It s an area filled with friends and family and Kate loves to visit Back then, of course, it was tremendously boring, as only home

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club
  • Kate Jacobs
  • English
  • 08 October 2019
  • 9780399154096

10 thoughts on “The Friday Night Knitting Club

  1. says:

    Reading this book made me want to gouge my own eyes out with knitting needles My throat got sore from all of the groaning I did page after page Let me give you some examples of suckiness All the non white characters are described as having cafe au lait skin or mocha skin Some of the sloppy writing and editing did turn out to be quite funny, such as when a character remembers visiting her grandmother in Scotland and they sat by the fire wearing nothing but their socks Since I assume granny and child don t sit naked save for their socks by the fire, it was good for a shudder and a laugh There s a graduate student named wait for it DARWIN Oh GAD Because she s in grad school So she s smart So she should be named Darwin GAH The grandmother is a sage old woman with an answer to everything, with excellent life advice, including such gems as Life is what you make of it Oh Really OMG I m enlightened Knitting is supposed to be a central theme, but really it s just there as an excuse to call this crappy mixture of boring women s lives a valid book.When one of the guys meets up with another guy for a beer, he says I think I m falling in love with my family And the other guy clinks his beer bottle and says, Congratulations, you ve just become a man Oh Yes Because men talk this way When they have vaginas and are actually women GAD The main character is killed off by cancer because, you know, she was such a saintly, good character, so why not kill her to inspire some tears and create some sort of heartwarming feeling in readers Besides, where was the story going anyway if she didn t die the ending would have to have been and they lived happily ever after Yah, bad book, story sucked, it was too long, writing was terrible, and it was obviously published just because the author has worked in publishing for years Sucked.

  2. says:

    I refuse to finish this book.Narrative Issues I read most of it, but even then I had to force myself through the first half The whole Dividing The Book Into Chapters About Knitting To Symbolize A Metaphor For Life seemed too cliche.The entire first half of the novel is told in fits starts as the narrator gives us every single detail of background information in every character Scenes went along the lines of X walked into the kitchen She d always loved the kitchen and spent many years creating the perfect home When she talked to the contractor insert story of building a house X turned on the coffeemaker Coffee was mother s milk to her, ever since college days insert story of college memories coffee X sighed and looked out the window In a single page, only about three things happen in the present narrative line of the story Half of it is flashback, which slows down the entire plot I found myself saying, Get to the point or I don t care, what s going on NOW Character Issues Dakota is not 12 Not the way she s written, anyway She s of a precocious 10 year old, still adorable The author forced Dakota s forays into teenage attitude, as though someone reminded the author about halfway through, Y,know, she s going to be a teenager in a few months I am VERY uncomfortable with Lucie and her tricking a man into getting her pregnant It made her extremely unlikable for me Even if she was otherwise a gentle, sweet soul, I kept coming back to that selfish deception I had similar issues with Darwin s selfish obnoxious nature it would have been nice if she grew out of it at all, but I saw no such thing by this part of the novel.I ll tell you where I put it downSPOILER.And I ll tell you where I put it down the instant Georgia becomes ill Having lost my dear father to cancer, I resent anyone using it as a growth opportunity for the characters I knew instantly that it was meant to be some sort of sentimental, binding journey for this cast of characters a cast I didn t even like Perhaps it s just too close to home for me, but I knew it would just become a tired platitude about life, etc which we already had in her brilliant Knitting Is Life Metaphorical Chapters It made me slightly sick to my stomach the moment she told Anita on the phone an awkward, unrealistic scene, I think , and I knew exactly what was planned Knowing that I couldn t sit through another quarter of the book of cancer induced sentimentality, I decided to put it down.I prefer that my characters drive the action of a story, so that I can see growth and realistic plot lines Jacobs can t seem to decide if she wants her characters to make way for themselves or if she wants to be an all omnipotent god who weaves a fate for her people.

  3. says:

    I just picked this up at the library because there was nothing else there The reviews I ve scanned give me pause, but hey, I haven t read any blatant chick lit in quite a whilewe ll see And one week later, I can say this I hated this book I hated the way the author used nothing but sentence fragments To emphasize her points Everyone thinks and speaks in four Word Sentences Can you imagine reading this writing style for an entire book Because it continues for the entire 300 pages.You would think that the phalanx of editors and advisors that she thanks at the end would have put a stop to the madness and introduced her to the concept of the semicolon Or at the very least an em dash or two But no.And the melodrama I think I read that it s being made into a movie, which doesn t surprise me at all It s like the author wrote a book that she hoped would eventually be made into a movie A bunch of women, one of whom becomes mortally ill hey, that worked for Steel Magnolias, why not for a knitting club It ll be a hit So if you re in the mood for a poorly written book that tugs at your heartstrings in a very calculating way, this is the book for you.

  4. says:

    I probably would never have picked this book up if not for one of my in town friends thanks, Pat who brought it over one day and suggested I read it I m not a knitter and know very little about it, but that didn t hinder my enjoyment of this story of women s friendships The main character is Manhattan knitting shop owner Georgia Walker, single mother of 12 year old Dakota Over the course of the book a core group of 7 women plus Dakota forms the basis of the Friday Night Knitting Club that meets weekly at the shop The women who make up this diverse group lean on each other to tackle such issues as divorce, single mom pregnancies and child rearing, lack of direction, late life love, failed careers, dilemmas involving men, to forgive or not to forgive, critical illness, and The threads are for the most part engaging and heartfelt Scattered throughout the narrative, particularly between chapters, there are knitting tips combined with bits of philosophy of life We even get a yummy muffin recipe and a little tutorial on knitting a first scarf at the end of the book There are some emotional moments in the last 15% of the book and a nice epilogue I love me a nice epilogue that provides pretty good closure However, I have happily discovered this is the first of a trilogy and look forward to the next two books, which will afford relief from some of the darker novels I tend to read I highly recommend The Friday Night Knitting Club to anyone looking for a sweet story highlighting the importance and sustenance of female friendship.

  5. says:

    Oh dear That s several hours of my life I will never get back.The plot Georgia Walker owns a knitting yarn store in New York City Between her and her daughter, her employees, her friends, and some of her customers, they cobble together The Friday Night Knitting Club and gather at the store to stitch and bitch, as it were And so we are offered some views into each woman s life And just as Georgia s life starts to change for the better, tragedy strikes.Well, let me tell you, this book was a tragedy.First, the character development was just plain shoddy You are told about these characters without there being suitable dialog or poetic descriptions of emotions to forge an emotional bond with them And so Dakota s a spoiled, mouthy brat Lucie is just plain stupid for deliberately getting preggers when she does not have insurance or a steady job Cat s a useless ninny Anita s a stereotypically saint like senior Darwin s just a tactless a hole, and Georgia s just annoying And the tragedy happens so quickly and matter of factly, you barely notice it And the domestic details that make this kind of book charming and engrossing just never quite cut it.Save your time and don t read this book I hear the author s coming out with a second book this summer it s gotten some good reviews, so let s hope it does better Try the second, skip the first, and if you want domestic women s fiction with alternating view points, try Judy Blume s Summer Sisters Rona Jaffe s Five Women, or anything by Maeve Binchy.

  6. says:

    Knitting is a Nice Device, But .The idea of a knitting group a group of women gathering on a regular basis forming bonds of friendship and sharing life experiences was the alluring premise of this book, and the reason I bought it That s definitely what this book is But is it a riveting story Did I fall in love with the characters and turn pages with eager anticipation to see how the story would play out No and no I struggled turning pages of this book as much as I d probably struggle trying to knit a sweater This was like the waste of expensive yarn, a piece crafted with a big idea and little talent.The writing isn t bad, but I wouldn t describe this effort as well written It s average at best, lacking originality or memorable prose, and I felt it was littered with clich s and contrived dialog As for story, it s primarily character driven with focus on the main character, Georgia Walker, a single mother who owns a yarn shop knitting business on the upper west side of Manhattan The club consists of her daughter Dakota, a bi racial 12 year old, who flits in and out of the club with baked goods and entrepreneurial ambitions, and is as charming and annoying as any 12 year old a widow named Anita who is Georgia s mentor an academic named Darwin who annoys everyone in the club as well as this reader a 40 year old single woman who I believe works on a documentary about the knitting club who fools a date into getting her pregnant an aspiring purse designer and part time worker in the shop a woman in her mid 40s hoping to get into law school and probably the most entertaining character, Georgia s childhood friend Cat nee Cathy who is an uptown socialite on the verge of divorce When she s on the page, at least there s some conflict you can sink your teeth into.Dakota s father, James, returns to Georgia s life in this tale, and is a cardboard character who fails to charm the reader as much as he seemingly charms everyone else And Georgia s grandmother, a 90 something Scottish sage comes into play as a touchstone tosomething I think Georgia s visit abroad is supposed to be really important but it wasn t until page 260 when Georgia receives some life changing news that the question, What IS this book ABOUT had an answer The Friday Night Knitting Club is a debut novel and I believe it has a first novel feel It made me think, nice effort and good for the author for getting it published however, I cannot recommend it There was, however, one quote from the book I thought was rich, and this was in regard to mother daughter relationships what these daughters really wanted was to be able to bare their souls to the one person in the world who would love them without restraint, whose approval was priceless, who would find them and their myriad life issues endlessly fascinating If my daughter wrote this book, I would indeed be proud of her.

  7. says:

    Wow, I really didn t like this book I picked it up and put it down for days not getting past the first 20 pages because the style of writing was frustrating and in the beginning I really didn t like the main character Being a knitter in NYC I wanted to like the book about the little yarn shop so I made myself keep reading.The style of writing did not improve It was full Of sentence fragments Just like this Throughout the entire book Distracting In addition, there were details all over the place when they didn t enhance the story, and when a part of the story needed to be fleshed out it was summed up in 2 sentences It s hard to focus on a story when the writing gets in the way.Looking past the writing I still did not like the book Some characters were alright but the rest were annoying and unlikable For somebody who was portrayed as having such strength throughout her life, the main character did nothing but feel sorry for herself I hated it How is the reader to believe she s actually the strong person she s supposed to be when it s woe is me all over the place The plot line was 95% predictable so it couldn t even keep my interest and what was supposed to be an emotional ending turned ridiculously cheesy no rent payments as long as I own this building and was wasted on me since the rest of the book was such a disappointment.

  8. says:

    This was a very moving, character driven novel Loaded with emotion, The Friday Night Knitting Club is about women who become friends through a knitting club that was formed by accident Walker Daughter is a knitting store formed by single mom Georgia With the help of her dear friend Anita, Georgia runs this NYC store with not only great knitting supplies and projects, but with some friendly guidance and advice, not necessarily on knitting The knitting club forms when a handful of women start coming to the store on a regular basis every Friday evening These women come together and start to develop friendships that help get them through some stressful times in their lives I thought the book started out with a bang I wanted to keep reading until I finished The second part of the book went from a thoughtful, emotional character driven style to a story telling narrative This didn t take away from the novel but it was obviously different I couldn t wait to get to the end to find out what happened I probably read it way too fast One of the interesting things about this book The author used the craft of knitting as her introduction to each of her chapters Excellent book Highly recommend

  9. says:

    I m giving this two stars averaging one star for the first half and three for the second half Through the first half of the book I kept thinking, how are they going to make a movie of this It was just all these separate women and their individual stories and none seemed to have anything to do with the others They did all come together at the end, though The first thing that really got my attention was in Darwin s story She was talking about how she was a good girl, but she didn t want to be a good girl She said that she didn t want to burn money for her dead ancestors on Chinese New Year Having grown up in Asia, I can tell you no one burns money or anything else during Chinese New Year which lasts for 15 days Money is burned for dead ancestors at the Feast of the Hungry Ghosts I just hate it when authors write about something they don t know about and don t bother to check it out She also mentioned about not wanting to go the Sunday School and skipping church Anyone going to church likely isn t burning money for dead ancestors in any case The part about Julia Roberts was weird, too If the lady was so certain Ms Roberts was going to show up at that particular yarn store on that particular, why not just hang around by the front door If someone bought and returned the same item all day long at my store if I had one I d put a stop to it And why did she stagger in slurring something about roooobbbeerrrs at the end of the day Was she drunk Overheated Dehydrated Deranged That was just kind of left dangling I also didn t understand about the letters.Georgia had gotten two letters from James that she never opened Yet he was sending checks to help with Dakota s expenses and she opened all those How is it she opened the later envelopes that contained checks but not the first two where he said he wanted to get back together I wondered, too, about the evening gowns Georgia knitted If she was capable of doing that, why did she wait to be asked She could have knitted a few and sold them to some boutiques For someone who managed to be a single parent and run her own business and do a good job at both, she seemed to be short sighted about breaking into the fashion business Peri got right down to business with her knitted purses and had them in store windows in no time And my final question was about the trip to Scotland Georgia decided Dakota could miss a little school since it was just seventh grade I thought they d only be gone a week When it was revealed they spend a month in Scotland, I figured she d just missed the last week of school Then they came back and Dakota had to go back to school It doesn t matter what grade you re in, missing a month means you re going to have repeat the grade No one can miss that much school They d probably withdraw your enrollment.I wasn t too impressed with the character who tricked her date into getting her pregnant That was just uncalled for Who conducts themselves like that I also could have done without the bad language These are all college educated women, surely they didn t have to resort to four letter words to get their points across.It could have been a good book, but there were so many thing that just made no sense to me I think the movie might be better, though If they just hit the highlights it should make a good story.

  10. says:

    I m sorry why am I sorry I guess because there s a part of me that feels guilty for completely dissing a book that someone has written I mean, I ve never written a book, so what do I know , but this book was terrible I m not even sure why I finished it I didn t even have high expectations for it had already categorized it as chick lit but even still, I found every character completely stilted and unrealistic and the plot uninspired, dull, and predictable This book will not make you want to take up knitting It may, however, make you want to fashion a noose out of yarn to put yourself out of your misery in reading it.

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